How to Get Dental Anesthesia Job


Before we discuss about the steps, strategies and several tips on how to get the dental anesthesia job first we should talk about the job itself.  The dental anesthesia job or also called dental anesthesiologists has the responsibility to ensure patient’s safety and comfort through pain management in term of effectively reduce or even eliminate patient’s discomfort and pain throughout medical process. For dental procedures, there are three types of anesthesia that dental anesthesiologists can perform:

  • Local Anesthesia: This kind of dental anesthesia only numbs down just certain small area of the body such as the mouth or the gums. The local anesthesia can be applied by using a spray or swab to numb the gum then the anesthetic injection is injected to block nerves and make the mouth tissue numb thus eliminate the pain. Usually done for treatments such as: cavity fillings, tooth removal, root canals, and crown placement preparation.
  • Sedatives or conscious sedation: This kind of anesthesia make you relax and drowsy while still able to respond to the dentist instruction during the procedures. This kind of anesthesia is applied through injection, pill or inhale. The sedatives usually used for crown placement, root canals or tooth removal procedures.
  •  General anesthesia: This kind of anesthesia is used in some big dental procedures such as a complicated dental surgery. General anesthesia makes the patient temporary unconscious thus unable to feel the pain during the medical process.

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Dental Anesthesia Job – Steps to Become a Dental Anesthesiologist

Dental Anesthesia job is a good choice of career, with rewarding salary, benefits and dental perks. To be able to get the Dental Anesthesia job you can follow the following steps:

  • Obtain a Bachelor of Science degree in biology, chemistry or other appropriate discipline by finishing an undergraduate program at an accredited university
  • The next step after you get the bachelor degree is to achieve the Doctor of Dental Medicine or Doctor of Dental Surgery. Remember that you have to get the degree from an accredited university
  • After successfully obtained the Doctor degree you can apply to a dental anesthesiology residency program which usually takes two years at an accredited university.   Note that beside the program has to be accredited it also has to meet the American Dental Board of Anesthesiology and the National Dental Board of Anesthesiology requirements
  • Complete the study period and training for about 24 to 36 month then you can apply for the Dental Anesthesia job.

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